William McKinley “Little Bill” Caudill Jr.


William McKinley “Little Bill” Caudill Jr.

Letcher County, Kentucky, USA
Death 6 Nov 1938 (aged 20)
Fleming, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Whitesburg, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 80819332 View Source
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William McKinley "Little Bill" Caudill, Jr., was the son of William McKinley "Big Bill" and Rebecca J. "Becky" (Adams) Caudill. He married Georgia Helen Parsons on August 23, 1937, in Whitesburg, Letcher County, KY. They had one son: Frank Richard Caudill. Little Bill was killed three days after the birth of his son, Frank.

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The following article was published in the November 10, 1938, issue of The Mountain Eagle:

Young Man Slashed To Death By Knife

A sensation was created in the County Seat Saturday night when a young man, Billie Caudill, 22, of Dry Fork, seriously cut and slashed on the head, face and throat and apparently nearly bled to death was brought to Dr. Collier's office here and after slight surgical attention was rushed to Fleming hospital. The badly butchered young man died from his wounds Sunday morning without gaining conciousness.

The cutting took place on Little Colly about dark Saturday night. It is said that Billie Caudill and Dana Smith, daughter of the late Hocker Smith were walking down the road when Lester Amburgey, 18, son of Monroe Amburgey, residing in the neighborhood walked up and began using a knife on young Caudill. In the fray Miss Smith was cut in the arm. Jealousy on the part of young Amburgey is said to have prompted the tragedy.

William Caudill, Jr., was a son of William Caudill, a grandson of Mrs. Bettie Adams of Dry Fork and a nephew of Dock and Alvin Adams, well-known citizens of near the County Seat. He was a graduate of the Whitesburg High School, class of 1936, and regarded as a very excellent young man.

Soon after the cutting, young Amburgey fled from the scene. Officers have been on the lookout for him but so far he has not been arrested. A reward of $100 has been poster for his arrest. He has a great number of relatives and friends in the county.

LATER: Officers succeeded in arresting young Amburgey and placing him in jail here. An examining trial will be held this week.




OCT. 1, 1918
NOV. 6, 1938


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